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Boeing 747-400 (EC-MQK) - Wamos air flying for Air France over maho beach area and landing at TNCM St Maarten.
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Boeing 747-400 (EC-MQK)


Wamos air flying for Air France over maho beach area and landing at TNCM St Maarten.


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George Maidens
Great photo
ken kemper
Splendid photo Daniel
pat prendergast
Superb shot, well done.
Hans Hondema
Fake photo. FSX or Prepar. Non existing flight.
Hans Hondema
Fake photo. FSX or Prepar oid. Not existing flight.
Hans Hondema - if you will scroll towards the bottom of the page, you'll indeed see that the flight history of this Boeing, EC-MQK, shows it landing at this airport, TNCM, Princess Juliana International, on 10 February, 2018.
daniel jefPhoto Uploader
@cliff731 thank you very much.
Daniel Jef - You are very welcome and thanks for sharing your photo capture with us!
gwapo santa
like pic 8888
werner rummens
To be honest at first I thought also that this was a FSX simulation but than I saw the activity log to prove I was wrong, anyway nice beaches at TNCM :)
Steven Mansur
Has Maho reopened since the hurricane?
All credit to FSX for people thinking a screenshot it that real!
Not the best paint job but great photo, well done!
Charles Mills
So good to see things picking back up there. Devastation to the island from the hurricanes this year. I love to visit St Maarten. Just a beautiful island with great people.
Alvis Plavins
Its a FAKE photo people. As not only a photographer, photo editor and someone who uses photoshop, this is a composite with a bad cut job. Let alone forget giving the guy photo props, don't even give him editing props. Here are some give aways to it being fake:
1. The plane is too small to be landing at that site from where the image is taken from.The plane should not only be filling the image more as the landing strip is closer to where the photographer is and therefore the plane should be closer also to the photographer, which leads to number 2
2: The plane looks like it is landing over the cars. They stop the vehicles for safety purposes and looking here the plane is flying over the cars. Sure you could say that its perspective, but I go back to the above reason, if the plane is in front of the cars then the plane should be bigger and fill more of the image frame.
3:Look at the people, to me it looks like they are waiting for a plane approaching on that vector. A 747 is flying literally overhead and almost everyone is looking outward to the ocean.
4: Bad editing - they forgot to clean up the background on top towards the tail. What is that blue? Its not a building and it is not any hill as there are no hills on that side, especially blue hills. And that same blue running up that tail indicates editing as the skies don't match from the image to the cut out.
Don't be fooled people, this is a complete fake.
Isaac Vogelzang
No Alvis, this photo is completely real. The "blue mountains" on the fuselage are actually the top of the hotel in the background, the cars are actually far to the left of the vehicle waiting to cross, the shadows are 100 % realistic, and the people looking to the ocean are actually facing upwards towards the plane. As for the aircraft filling the frame, I have been to TNCM before and I know that the 744 is perfectly positioned. Very nice photo with good colors, Daniel.
Alvis Plavins - You are certainly entitled to your own opinion and the right to express it... but I, for one, will disagree with you and add the following observations regarding your critical remarks...

That "blue" on top toward the tail is nothing more than the roofs of background structures.

This aircraft is not on final approach over any automobiles. Those vehicles are stopped and what you are seeing is no doubt the compression effect of this image being captured with a long range telephoto lens.

Many of the people on the beach do appear to be looking upward towards this aircraft, which is evident if you copy this photo to your desktop and zoom in.

Looks genuine to me... and not created in Photoshop!

Added to all that, this specific aircraft did land at TNCM just a few days ago... see my earlier posted comment.
Isaac Vogelzang - your comments posted while I was composing mine... and I will certainly agree with your keen observations!!!
Gary Schenauer
Hi, Alvis. I just happened to be looking over recent photos posted into the gallery and I came upon this discussion over this pic. I cannot claim to know that much about PS, so I am willing to accept that you probably know lots more than I do about it. But, as the others have stated, you and Hans are incorrect about this photo being a fake. Look just behind the port side inboard. The heat distortion from that engine is very apparent. I just cannot believe that Daniel actually went to the tremendous effort it would have taken to "paste" in that heat distortion. Also, he posted this photo ... and two more ... of this aircraft when it visited Princess Juliana. He certainly would not have posted three fakes ... it would have taken him a bunch of time to create three fakes of it ... and for what purpose? Also, there is even a guy on the second story roof of the hotel (in the distance) who is watching it come past. As for the blue on the leading edge of the tail, Mr. Mark Thomas posted a photo of this same aircraft just a short time ago ... and there is a dark strip going up the leading edge that is most likely what you are seeing as a disparity here. And lastly, Mr. Jef has been posting snaps from TNCM for over two years. He has posted others taken from this same position. Alvis, in this instance; I, too, feel you are mistaken; this is, as the others have said, a real photo.
Well stated, Gary...!!! And I know you speak from a valued perspective as one of our most experienced and best aircraft photographers contributing spotting images to Flight Aware.
Mark Thomas
Of course this is real! It was all over the aviation news sites and heralded the return of the 747 to Princess Juliana! You could have watched the whole spectacle on the Maho Beach Web Cam where you would have seen it land, backtrack down the runway and take off later in the day. I've included a link here to the PTZtv twitter page where they have posted the Flightradar24 map showing this aircraft on its way to St. Maarten. (at least I think I have, I'm not that computer savvy!)
Anyway, for those that may not know, Maho Beach has a webcam as does Miami Airport. I sit and watch for hours! There's ATC too. PTZtv.com
Great shots Daniel!!
Sweet pic Daniel! Two thumbs up!! I can't believe the people here who are saying it's fake! Obviously they don't know you and your talent like I do. :)
My first take was “fake” also but after looking closely I agree it is real and well done!!! Nice shot! Unfortunately, in this day and age you have to be careful because it’s very tempting to get into PS let your “artistic” side take over; change the scene a little bit, over saturate, crop and you have a “winner”. But most of us know aviation better than we know photo editing (including me) so my “photo rules” are:
Try to get it right in the camera
Photoshop as little as possible
Be honest, tell people up front that you made some artistic changes (not the case here).
This way people can enjoy your work for what it is without finger pointing and we can go back to enjoying aviation and photography.
marylou anderson
no markings? Air France?
marylou anderson - EC is the civil aircraft registration for Spain. Likely not an Air France owned Boeing. Wamos Air shows to be a Spanish airline company specializing in charter flights and headquartered in Madrid.
Angel Vee
Well done as always My Buddy Daniel Jef ..... To those who say it's fake I guess U don't recognize the talents of this man ..... Go do your research. Go look up Daniel Jef Photography ..... Another smoking hottt one, Daniel Jef ..... Can't wait to hook up with you in SXM
Leon Artac
Cars appear to be stopped on the far right of the photo. Some people are looking at the aircraft. One person in yellow is pointing to it. But....what's the blue something at the rear on the top of the 747 near the tail??Plane looks to large for the photo. Just my comments on what I think might be fake!!
Kevin Shaffer
I happen to agree with the ones who see the picture as 100% real. The blue looking objects near the tail is actually the roof of the hotel in the back. A spot like this deserves all 5 stars! Well done!
What's with the idiots posting it's a PS pic. Why are the beachgoers taking pictures of it then?
daniel jefPhoto Uploader
@cliff731 Thank you very much for taking your time to explain it to that hard head!!!
Daniel Jef - you, sir, are most welcome... and thanks for your kind words. As far as I'm concerned, your photo capture speaks quite well for itself as to being genuine and authentic. Any naysayers who want to perceive any serious Photoshop editing in this image are literally quite mistaken.
renato basso
Fake or not fake it's a great photo
Kobe Hunte
And btw....

Daniel Jef is an amazing photographer.

I guess this guy Alvis thinks that his 7605 pictures are edited too!
daniel jefPhoto Uploader
@ Kobe Hunte thank you very much!!
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